Spring-Summer 2016 Graduation Information
May 7, 2016 10:00am
L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium
Information for All Spring & Summer 2016 Graduation Participants
We are pleased that you are planning to graduate from Cleveland State Community College. The following is VERY IMPORTANT information that pertains to your graduation. You are important to us so please read carefully!
|Activity||Who is involved?||Dates||What to do?|
|Graduation Exit Exam||All Associate degree graduates (Exceptions are noted on your graduation evaluation)||
Listed on CougarNet
Spring testing will start in February
|Take a photo ID to the Testing Center on your test date. Reservations for the test are made at http://mycs.cc/testing OR from the Cleveland State web site click on 'current students' under "Services" click on 'Schedule a Test'|
|Career & Graduate Expo||All graduates||
March 23, 2016
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
|Located in the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium. You may order invitations, rings, and other items regarding graduation. This is the first day that caps and gowns will be available.|
|Honor Cords||All degree graduates with a 3.30 GPA or higher on college level work at the end of the 2015 fall semester||
March 23, 2016 -
May 7, 2016
Will be available to be picked up at the
Career/ Graduate Expo. Starting March 24
they may be picked up in the Bookstore.
They are FREE to those that qualify.
(Only Associates degrees are eligible.)
|PTK Stoles and Tassels||PTK graduates||
March 23, 2016 -
May 7, 2016
|Phi Theta Kappa will have a table at the Career Graduate Expo to purchase regalia. If you need PTK regalia after this date Phi Theta Kappa graduates can also purchase items by contacting Larry Burns at 614-8719 or going to room 107 in the Library. Stoles are $24 and tassels are $10. Exact change is preferred. These can be purchased in the bookstore. A limited number of these Items will also be available May 5 at the commencement rehearsal.|
Caps and Gowns
(Announcements may also be purchased in the bookstore)
March 23, 2016 -
May 7, 2016
|May be picked up at the Career Graduate Expo on March 23, 2016 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Starting March 24, 2016 they will be available in the Bookstore during their normal business hours.|
|Commencement Rehearsal||All graduates||
May 05, 2016
|Report to the gym. Please make every effort to attend. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!|
|Reception||All graduates, their families, faculty, and staff||
May 05, 2015
|Located in the Student Center Commons area. Light refreshments will be served.|
|Commencement Ceremony||All graduates||
May 7, 2015
|Report to the Humanities Building no later than 9:15 am with caps and gowns to prepare for the ceremony.|
Students who attend the Commencement Ceremony will receive a diploma cover. Diploma covers are only available at the Commencement Ceremony.
For family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend the Commencement Ceremony, it will be broadcast live on the website at 10:00am. About a week after the ceremony, DVD copies will be available in the Library. Previous graduation recordings are available on our YouTube channel.
GradImages will be at the Commencement Ceremony taking professional photographs. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after the commencement ceremony. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at http://www.gradimages.com
Graduation is held in our gymnasium with stadium seating. Any student participating in the ceremony who has a disability that requires special accommodations should contact Juliann Mathis, Coordinator of Disability Support Services, at 473-2427. Any questions or concerns about guests who have special needs and are planning to attend the graduation ceremony should contact Mike Hodges, Chief of Police, at 478-6236 or 618-1720.
**If you or a guest has special needs, please contact the appropriate person no later than April 29, 2016.
For additional information regarding commencement, please contact the Assistant Registrar/Graduation Coordinator, Lindsey Mowery, by email or phone. (423-478-6250 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please note that participation in the Commencement Ceremony does not guarantee that you will receive your diploma. You will not receive your diploma until all obligations are met. Please check your CougarNet account to verify that you do not have any holds.
DIRECTORY INFORMATION UPDATES
The information you provide on your Intent to graduate form is the information we use to process your diploma/ If your name and/or address has changed since you submitted your Intent, please notify Lindsey Mowery at email@example.com. Changing this information with the school will not change the information on your diploma.
GRADE POINT AVERAGES (GPA) AND HONORS
The grade points received for all college level credits are averaged to determine eligibility for graduation and for honors status. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 is required to qualify for graduation. Teaching degrees (AST degrees only) require a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. Degree-seeking students with a GPA of 3.30 or higher at the end of the Fall 2015 semester are eligible for honors status. (See “Honor Cords” above).
HOLDS ON DIPLOMAS/CERTIFICATES AND TRANSCRIPTS
An incomplete admission’s file, an unpaid parking ticket, a library fine or other obligations place a hold on your account and will prevent you from receiving your diploma/certificate and transcript. It is recommended that you check on possible “holds” as soon as possible.
Directions, Parking and Maps
- Enter: 3535 Adkisson Drive NW, Cleveland, TN
Google Maps Driving Directions:
- Click the link below and then click the "Directions" link in the information box.
- CSCC 2013 Graduation on Google Maps
- Take I-24 E (signs for Chattanooga) Passing through Georgia Entering Tennessee
- Merge onto I-75 N, 23.5 mi
- Take exit 25 for TN-60 toward Cleveland/Dayton, 0.2 mi
- Turn right onto TN-60 N/25th Street NW/Georgetown Pike (signs for Dayton). Continue to follow TN-60 N/Georgetown Pike, 0.2 mi
- Take the 1st right onto Ridgeway Drive NW, 148 ft
- Take the 1st right onto Executive Park Northwest, 0.1 mi
- Slight right onto Adkisson Drive Destination will be on the left, 0.9 mi
- Take I-81 S toward Knoxville
- Take exit 1B to merge onto I-40 W toward Knoxville, 28.5 mi
- Slight left to stay on I-40 W, 24.8 mi
- Slight left onto I-75 S (signs for Chattanooga), 57.9 mi
- Take exit 27 toward Paul Huff Pkwy/Cleveland, 0.3 mi
- Turn right onto Paul Huff Parkway/Paul Huff Pkwy NW, 0.2 mi
- Take the 3rd left onto Adkisson Drive NW. Destination will be on the right, 0.7 mi
For those attending graduation, you may park in any designated parking zone. Parking near the venue is limited, please arrive early if close-parking is a concern. The north parking lot in front of the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium is designated for handicapped parking. There are also handicapped parking spaces available in front of the Administration Building. Handicapped parking spaces are reserved for individuals with a state issued decal. The Cleveland State Campus Police will be present the morning of graduation if you should have any questions regarding parking.
Interactive Campus Map
There is a variety of hotels in the area around Cleveland State, but the ones listed below have extended special rates for our guests.
Special rates are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Special Code: Cleveland State Rate
High Speed Wireless Internet
Daily Newspapers and USA Today
Microwave, Refrigerator, Coffeemaker with coffee, Hair Dryer, Cable TV, Iron and Ironing Board in all rooms
Seasonal Outdoor Pool
32” LCD TV
Copy and Fax Service
- Fitness Center
Phone Number: (423) 339-1000
Special Code: Just mention that you are with Cleveland State Community College
Room Options: Two double beds or one king bed at a nightly rate of $69.00 plus tax
Preferred Rates Valid Through: December 31, 2015
Hot breakfast buffet
high speed wireless internet
local calls available in our guest rooms and in our breakfast area
daily newspapers and USA Today
coffee maker with coffee
iron and ironing board in all rooms
seasonal outdoor pool
32” LCD TV
copy and fax service
Phone Number: (423) 559-1000
Price: $59.99 for a King or Queen Double room
Special Code: When making a reservation, let them know you are with a Cleveland State Event
Room Rate Include:
Free Hot Breakfast
Free Wi-Fi and Free Business Center
Iron & Ironing Board
Phone Number: (423) 559-5579
King Standard: $99 (1 king bed)
Queen Standard: $99 (2 queen beds)
Special Code: Mention you are staying for Cleveland State Graduation
Phone Number: (423) 790-1199
Price: $59.95 (Room with outside entrance); $64.95 (Room with inside entrance)
Special Code: Mention you are with Cleveland State
All guests have access to: pool, work-out room and buffet style breakfast
Inside entrance rooms include:
more square footage per room
an extra chair with ottoman or love seat
flat screen television
entry through the main lobby
Phone Number: (423) 472-1500
Broadcast / Webcast
For family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, it will be broadcast live on this page at 10 a.m.
About a week after the ceremony, DVD copies will be available in the Library.
Previous Graduation Recordings are available on our YouTube Channel.
Official Graduation Photography
GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at www.gradimages.com.
Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.
Special Accommodations for Graduation
Graduation is held in our gymnasium with stadium seating. Any student participating in the ceremony or guest who has a disability that requires special accommodations should contact Juliann Mathis, Coordinator of Disability Support Services, at 473-2427. Any questions or concerns about handicap parking should contact Mike Hodges, Chief of Campus Police, at 478-6236 or 618-1720.
If you or a guest has special needs, please contact the appropriate person no later than April 29, 2016.
Tobacco Free Campus
Cleveland State is a Tobacco Free Campus
Cleveland State Community College implemented a tobacco free policy on campus in August of 2009. Smoking or the use of tobacco products of any type is prohibited on any property owned by, or leased and operated on behalf of, Cleveland State Community College. All guests and visitors will be encouraged to extinguish and dispose of all tobacco products on campus, including parking lots and sidewalks. Appropriate signage will be in place for explanation and clarification.
"I feel this was the right thing to do for our college," stated President Carl Hite. "Cleveland State is committed to providing our students and employees with a safe and healthy learning/working environment. The research speaks for itself in this case. Not only is smoking not good for you, second hand smoke has recently been found to be equally as bad for you. We have a strong presence of high school students on our campus every day, and cigarette butts thrown around our campus makes for some unsightly debris, not to mention smoky areas at building entrances. This is not the image we want for Cleveland State. This was definitely a step in the right direction for our college."
For more information on the tobacco free policy, contact the Office of Finance and Administration at (423) 472-7141, ext. 750.
- How do I make an appointment for the Exit Exam?
Spring graduates should not test before the spring semester starts. Summer graduates should not test before the summer semester starts. Spring and summer graduates will be notified once appointments are available for them. Once appointments are available, you can make a reservation by going to http://www.registerblast.com/clevelandstate/Exam. If you would rather test at the Athens Campus, please contact their Testing Center.
- How long does it take to complete it?
It is approximately 45 minutes long.
- How do I study for the exam?
There is no need to study for this exam. Although you will want to do your very best, there isn’t a certain score you have to make. You just have to complete it. However, if you do not take the exam seriously you will be asked to retest.
- How much does it cost to participate in the Commencement Ceremony?
The cost of the cap and gown is included in your tuition. The only additional costs you would have to pay would be if you wish to purchase any extra items (class ring, invitations, souvenir tassel, etc.)
- Is there a limit on how many guests I can bring?
- When will I get my diploma?
As long as all requirements are met and you do not have any holds on your account, spring graduates’ diplomas will be ready June 6, 2016. Summer graduates’ diplomas will be ready September 6, 2016. Those that requested to pick up their diploma can come with a photo ID on the appropriate day or any day after during our normal hours.
- Can I have someone else pick my diploma up for me?
Yes, but they will have to have a signed letter from you stating it is okay for them (state their name) to pick up your diploma. They will also have to show photo ID.
- I need proof that I graduated before my diploma is ready. What do I need to do?
Degrees will be posted to students’ transcripts (excluding any issues) within a few weeks. Once posted, your transcript will show that you have graduated. You can print an unofficial transcript off of your CougarNet account.
- How do I request an official transcript?
Transcript requests are made through your CougarNet account. First, click on the “My Account” tab and then click the “Request Printed Transcript” link under the “Registration Tools” box. Once the request is submitted, you can view the status by clicking the “Transcript Request Status” link.
Transcripts are provided and mailed free of charge. Please note you must notate that you would like your transcript after your degree is posted. Otherwise, it may be sent before the degree is posted to your transcript.
Many Tennessee universities have transfer scholarships for community college graduates. Some of these opportunities can be found in the Cleveland State online scholarship application.
Do you need additional information about graduation?
For additional information regarding commencement, please contact the Graduation Coordinator:
(423) 472-7141, ext. 250 or 1-800-604-CSCC, ext. 250.